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Notice given 13 June 2007

Senator Milne: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Economics Committee for inquiry and report by 6 October 2007:

An assessment of the benefits and costs of introducing renewable energy feed-in tariffs in Australia, including an evaluation of:

(a) barriers to the expansion of the renewable energy industry in general and within the electricity market in Australia in particular;

(b) the likelihood that carbon prices generated by an emissions trading system will be insufficient to overcome these barriers in the near term; and

(c) options to link the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme (with an increased target) with feed-in tariffs to guarantee a viable return on investment for investors in a range of prospective renewable energy technologies.

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s Indigenous visual arts and craft sector.

General Business—Notices of Motion